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What is St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17, 2016

What is St. Patrick’s Day?\r\n\r\nToday you may have seen many leprechauns running around and treasuring their pots filled with gold. All this is because on 17th March we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – patron saint of Ireland.\r\n\r\nMajority of historians agree that St. Patrick was born in 385 AD and died on 17th March 461 AD. Originally St. Patrick’s Day was a religious day officially cerebrated from early 17th century. Now meaning of this day has changed and its symbols have become more secular, but still associated with Irish tradition and unique symbols ie: leprechauns, shamrock and the green colour as the theme colour of most widely available merchandise.\r\n\r\nWhat to do?\r\n\r\nIn many cities in: Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Argentina there will be organised parades attracting local members of Irish community. If you want to join the celebration please check your local news for details.\r\n\r\nWhat to do after nightfall?\r\n\r\nIn the evening many people (not only with Irish background) will spend their time in pubs sipping green coloured beer, which is consumed only on 17th March. Interesting is that the tradition of drinking shamrock-shaded beer has been imported to Ireland from the USA where Irish emigrants have created that specific drink.\r\n\r\nThe most important!\r\n\r\nIreland is a great place to be, where Celtic tradition is still alive, but also for students this is the place where you can get the finest education in the world taught in English language.